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  • Jan. 24, 2010
  • Sunday, January 24, 2010, at 7:30 PM

    The Organ Recital series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues with famed organist Ken Cowan, Sunday, January 24, at 7:30 PM.  Cowan takes the audience on a journey with compositions by Widor, Bach, Dupré, Mendelssohn (arr. by Warren), Karg-Elert, Paulus and Liszt (arr. by Cowan).

    Cowan continues to be one of North America’s finest concert organists. The American Organist writes, “When the artist is Ken Cowan, it is a given that the performance will be flawless and satisfying, that the registrations will show off the instrument to its best advantage, and that there will be a wide range of composers represented …” Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues across America, Canada and Europe.  Recent and upcoming feature performances include appearances at Grace Cathedral San Francisco, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France.  Cowan is Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where he was awarded the 2008 Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award. 


    The WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL ORGAN was inaugurated in 2004.  Designed by Frank Gehry and Manuel Rosales of Rosales Organ Builders, the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ contains pipes ranging in size from a pencil to a telephone pole, and is voiced with a wide dynamic range from pianississimo to a breathtaking fortissimo.  The specially curved wood façade pipes were made by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau of solid, vertical grain Douglas fir and consist of the Violone and Bassoon basses. Behind the facade are three levels of pipes, including metal pipes made of tin and lead alloys and wood pipes made of Norwegian pine.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the exciting new leadership of Gustavo Dudamel, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music – Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010, 7:30 PM

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Ken Cowan, organ

    WIDOR Allegro (from Symphony No. 6)
    BACH “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” BWV 659
    BACH “Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr,” BWV 664
    DUPRÉ Symphony No. 2, Op. 26
    MENDELSSOHN, arr. WARREN Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    KARG-ELERT Voices of the Night, Op. 142, No. 1
    PAULUS “Blithely Breezing Along,” from Baronian Suite
    LISZT, arr. COWAN Mephisto Waltz No. 1

    Tickets ($26 – $51) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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